Alibi V.18 No.3 • Jan 15-21, 2009 
Self Portrait Speaking Fire and Flowers by Maya Gonzalez

Culture Shock

The Good News

Though we're firmly in the midst of a recession, with the very real possibility of slipping into a full-on depression, that's not all bad. If the last depression is any indicator, some truly amazing art could come out of this time of economic insecurity. So put on your coveralls and join me, won't you, in my Culture Shock time machine for this edition of:

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Self Portrait Speaking Fire and Flowers by Maya Gonzalez

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Loud and Proud

Chicana Badgirls: Las Hociconas at 516 Arts

Delilah Montoya says that Chicana Badgirls: Las Hociconas is simply part of her desire to “demonstrate the history of Chicana artists.” A photographer, Montoya co-curated the show at 516 Arts with Laura E. Perez, a professor of Ethnic Studies at UC Berkeley. They noted a legacy of several generations of artists that was largely unknown. “What I wanted to do,” Montoya says, “was bring in those women of the first generation and then the subsequent generations.” The result is a show that sees contemporary Chicana art as the latest permutation of a conversation that began with the civil rights and feminist movements.

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I Know Why the Lowrider Sings

Levi Romero discusses A Poetry of Remembrance: New and Rejected Works

A Poetry of Remembrance: New and Rejected Works

Northern New Mexico’s a bastard of a place, but only recently has its literature begun to reflect its polyglot origins. The fact that the region’s bellwether remains The Milagro Beanfield War, written by an Anglo more than 25 years ago, suggests a field over-ripe for harvest.

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Deep in the Ju Ju, Chasing the Train

Manuel Valera Trio

Grammy-nominated pianist and composer Manuel Valera performs jazz.
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Banjo Jazz? Sure, Why Not.

Jayme Stone's Folklife

Two-time Juno award-winning banjoist and composer, Jayme Stone performs folk, jazz and chamber music while both defying and honoring the banjo's role in the world's music.
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